The young Milton (1608-74) took Virgil as a model and planned a career progressing from pastoral poetry to heroic verse. Yet it was only in his fifties that - blind, bitterly disappointed by the Restoration of Charles II and briefly in danger of execution - he finally turned his energies to work on the grand scale. Although originally conceived as a tragedy on the Fall of Man, the epic form he eventually used allowed Milton to conjure up a vast, awe-inspiring cosmos, to range across huge tracts of space and time - and to put a naked Adam and Eve at the very centre of his story. Long regarded as one of the most powerful and influential poems in the English language, 'Paradise Lost' still inspires intense debate about whether it manages 'to justify the ways of God to men' or exposes the cruelty of Christianity and the Christian God. John Leonard's illuminating introduction is fully alive to such controversies; it also contains full notes on Milton's highly individual use of language and many allusions to other works.
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Review: Paradise Lost (Paradise #1)User Review - Prema Arasu - Goodreads
Milton's ambition in writing Paradise Lost is staggering, and somehow, he delivers. Milton's time spent among Florentine intellectuals reaffirmed his loathing for Roman Catholicism and Laudianism in ... Read full review
Review: Paradise Lost (Paradise #1)User Review - Kevin Leffew - Goodreads
In Milton's Paradise Lost, we find a 'perfect' world which becomes 'marred' by original sin. The act, in defiance of God's will for man – comes about through the eating from the Tree of the Knowledge ... Read full review